Carlton captain Patrick Cripps will miss the Blues’ crucial final two regular-season games after failing to overturn his rough conduct charge at the tribunal.
The Blues were desperate to have their star midfielder available for season-defining matches against Melbourne and Collingwood.
But the tribunal upheld Cripps’ two-match ban for bumping Brisbane’s Callum Ah Chee, with his bump leaving the Lion concussed.
The match review officer graded the incident as careless, high impact and high contact.
“In a different era that would not have resulted in a report, but in the current era under the current rules and guidelines, this issue is not straightforward,” AFL chairman Jeff Gleeson said.
“(Cripps) entered the contest at speed, he saw a player at least in his peripheral vision and leapt into the contest.
“Cripps could, and should, have contested the ball differently and…